Stuckey, Pacers Ease to Win Over Orlando, 118-86


INDIANAPOLIS — The Orlando Magic looked to extend their winning streak to three as they traveled to Bankers Life Fieldhouse to play the Indiana Pacers, who were 11-2 since the beginning of February.

The first half was the Rodney Stuckey show, as he scored 25 points and gave the Indiana Pacers a commanding 59-47 lead. The Pacers continued their offensive assault in the second half, and sucked the life out of the Magic attack on the defensive end. The Pacers shot 52.9% from the field, and 50% on their 34 shots from beyond the arc – whilst holding the Magic to just 37% from the floor, and 23.5% from three-point land. By mid-way through the fourth quarter, the Pacers lead was already in excess of 20, and they promptly put the game away, 118-86.

Rodney Stuckey followed up his monstrous first-half performance with 9 more in the second, giving him a game-high 34. Luis Scola also looked impressive off the bench, recording a 15-point, 10-rebound double-double. Damjan Rudez continued his strong form against the Magic, shooting 5-of-7 from beyond the arc, having 17 on the night, whilst George Hill had 13 points and 6 assists. Ian Mahinmi had an impressive night on the glass, recording 10 rebounds to go with his 6 points. The Pacers as a collective were highly-impressive, having 37 assists on their 45-made field goals, and hit a franchise-record 17 three-pointers.

Tobias Harris led the Magic with 22 points, whilst Elfrid Payton had 14 points and 6 assists. Victor Oladipo was held to just 13, whilst Nikola Vucevic had 13 points and 5 rebounds in his return from injury.

The Pacers go to 29-34 on the season, whilst Orlando fall to 21-44. The Magic play the Bucks Wednesday night, whilst the Pacers get the night off before they too play the Bucks, a day later, on Thursday. 

- Sam Skubala

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